Top 40-31 Dallas Cowboys of All-Time


Photo by Mark J. Rebilas, USA Today Sports

By: David Connors @DConBlitz


Overview


In this article, I reveal the next group of the greatest Dallas Cowboys of All-Time. For a recap of 101-41 click the links below:


101-91 All-Time Cowboys


90-81 All-Time Cowboys


80-71 All-Time Cowboy


70-61 All-Time Cowboys


60-51 All-Time Cowboys


50-41 All-Time Cowboys


And without further ado, here are the next 10 Greatest Cowboys of All-Time.


40. Terence Newman, CB


Player Number: 41

Tenure with Dallas: 2003-2011


Terence Newman was selected 5th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft making him the highest-drafted player out of Kansas State at the time. He was slated as a starting CB every single year in Dallas. Newman is undoubtedly the best Corner to play for Dallas since the turn of the century. In 30 starts in this decade alone (2010-2011), Terence Newman has more interceptions than any other starting corner does in their tenure with Dallas to start a game in this decade (Orlando Scandrick, Mike Jenkins, Brandon Carr). He is ranked 8th in career picks and was named a Pro-Bowler while with Dallas.


39. Sean Lee, ILB


Player Number: 50

Tenure with Dallas: 2010-present


For the past decade, when Lee is on the field, Dallas has a top 10 defense in yards allowed and points scored, then Lee would get hurt and Dallas’s defensive production would take an immediate dip. Lee was a 2nd round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Penn State. The best example of Lee’s impact was in 2017 when Dallas was 4th in points allowed until Lee took an injury, then they were 23rd for the rest of the season. Lee first turned heads his rookie season when he picked off Peyton Manning twice to help the Cowboys get an Overtime win against the Colts. In 2016 he was named All-Pro. Sean Lee is 9th in solo tackles in franchise history with 510, 1st in assisted tackles with 272, and 3rd in tackles for a loss with 60.


38. Flozell Adams, OT


Player Number: 76

Tenure with Dallas: 1998-2009


Flozell Adams was a stalwart at the Left Tackle position for the Cowboys for a decade. He fell to Dallas in the 2nd round of the 1998 NFL Draft due to concerns with his partially deaf right ear. Flozell Adams was part of the most productive offenses in Cowboys history. Even though he is often remembered for being the most penalized offensive linemen from 2006-2009, Adams is still a 5 Pro-Bowler and an All-Pro in 2007.


37. Nate Newton, G


Player Number: 61

Tenure with Dallas: 1986-1998


Nate Newton was nicknamed ”The Kitchen” because he was even bigger than ”The Refrigerator” William Perry. He used his size to clamp down on 0-techs and create holes for the Cowboys in the ’90s. He was part of some of the best Offensive Lines in NFL history. He was part of the 3 Super Bowl championships the Cowboys won ’92, ’93, and ’95. He was a 6-time Pro-Bowler and 4-time All-Pro. Nate Newton is probably most infamous for being arrested with 213 lbs of marijuana in his van in November of 2001 then again one month later in December with 175 lbs.


36. Herschel Walker, RB


Player Number: 34

Tenure with Dallas: 1986-1989, 1996-1997


Herschel Walker spent the first part of his pro football years in the United States Football League. Once it became evident that the USFL was going under, Walker signed with Dallas. Walker was an immediate offensive weapon. He was versatile enough to play running back, line up wide, play on the line as a tight end, and was a plus blocker. His first two seasons, he split carries with Dorsett, but still managed to eclipse 1,500 all-purpose yards due to his receiving yards. Finally, in 1989, he was given a full workload and he ripped off 1,514 rushing yards and 505 receiving yards becoming the 20th player in history to amass 2,000 yards. Walker was a 2-time Pro-Bowler and 2-time All-Pro during his time in Dallas, however, one of his biggest contributions to Dallas was the haul of draft picks and players the Cowboys got from Minnesota when they traded him to the Vikings. Those draft picks were converted to Kevin Smith and two players who will be named later on this list.


35. Cornell Green, CB/S/Scout


Player Number: 34

Tenure with Dallas: 1962-1979


Green went to Utah State where he did not play any football. The Cowboys were informed of his talents by his basketball coach, LaDell Anderson, so they invited him to training camp. Even he thought he would be cut after the first week. He called it ”a quick $1,000.” He was incredible at boxing out receivers and was not afraid of contact. He led the team in interceptions four times and was often described as having bad hands. Green was a 5-time Pro-Bowler and a 4-time All-Pro. He was an intricate part of Landry’s defensive scheme. He was also named the Cowboys 25th Anniversary Team. After retiring in 1974, he stayed with the Cowboys as a Scout which he was already doing for Dallas as a player since 1970.


34. Terrell Owens, WR


Player Number: 81

Tenure with Dallas: 2006-2008


For some fans, Owens off-field antics make them forget how special he was on the field. Signed in 2006, T.O. tore a tendon in his finger and broke a bone in the same finger. Doctors advised him to get season-ending surgery, but instead, he got a plate put in, and ended up the leader in touchdown receptions. In 2007, Owens lived up to his potential. He finished that season with 81 receptions, 1,355 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns. He was an All-Pro and a Pro-Bowler. In only 3 years with Dallas, he has the 10th most receiving yards and 9th most touchdowns in team history. He is statistically the 3rd best receiver in history and is on the 2000’s All-Decade Team.


33. Cliff Harris, S


Player Number: 43

Tenure with Dallas: 1970-1979


Cliff Harris was an Undrafted Free Agent in 1970 and won the starting safety job right out camp. He was nicknamed ”Captain Crash” by his teammates for his aggressive pursuit of the ball carrier. Cliff Harris left the team for the second half of his rookie season to uphold his military obligations but returned and continued his dominance at the safety position. He finished his career with 29 picks and 16 fumble recoveries. He is a 6-time Pro-Bowler and 5 All-Pro. He was also named to the 1970s All-Decade Team. Harris not only became the model for a small-school player who took the opportunity given to him and became a legend. The Cliff Harris Award is awarded to the best defensive player in College Football not in a Division I program. If I was given the chance to pick any Dallas Cowboy to sit down and have a conversation with, it would be Cliff Harris. To emerge as a small school UDFA, win the starting job his rookie season, and become one of the best safeties to play the game all while taking time to serve the country makes him an inspiration to me.


32. Erik Williams, OT


Player Number: 79

Tenure with Dallas: 1991-2000


Erik Williams has some of my favorite Offensive Line tape I have ever watched. He was a 3rd round pick in the 1991 NFL Draft out of Central State. He was physical and took pride in his aggression. His mean streak was so renowned, Michael Strahan mentioned it in his Hall Of Fame Speech. He first turned heads when he held Reggie White to 0 sacks as a first-year starter earning Offensive Player of the Week honors. He finished his career 4-time Pro-Bowler and a 3-time All-Pro.


31. Everson Walls, CB


Player Number: 24

Tenure with Dallas: 1981-1989


When teams underestimated Walls, he thrived. Emerson Walls 4.72 40-yard dash time made most teams think he was too slow to play at the NFL level, however, Dallas took a chance on him as an undrafted free agent out of Grambling State. In his rookie season, teams would target him because of his inexperience, and he would make them pay. He led the league in picks through the first 5 games as a backup. He was named the starter week 6. He finished that season with a league-leading 11 interceptions. He led the NFL in interceptions 3 times in his career and led Dallas 5 times which is tied for the most times with Terence Newman. He was a 4-time Pro-Bowler and 3-time All-Star. He finished his tenure in Dallas with 44 interceptions which are 2nd in franchise history.


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